History of Guildford


The root of the first part may be gold rather than Guild, a society or meeting of tradesmen: the only known 10th century (Saxon) record uses Guldeford and in the 11th century Geldeford; both meaning gold and ford. Local historians on toponyms cite the lack of gold in the regions’ sedimentary rocks and have suggested that this gold may refer to golden flowers by the ford, or the golden sand; several older sources